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Puerto Rico strengthens entry requirements for travelers through Omicron variant of COVID-19 – CVBJ


A traveler waits at an inspection post at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico.

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SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico will tighten entry requirements for travelers arriving in this Commonwealth of the United States from next Monday in an attempt to prevent the expansion of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on the Isle of Caribbean.

The Puerto Rican government said in a statement that as of Monday, all passengers arriving on the island, regardless of their vaccination status or origin, must complete the Travelers Declaration (TDF) so that authorities have symptom control through the Sara Alert app.

This application is connected to the monitoring system of the Ministry of Health of the island.

In addition, travelers coming from a national destination, who are not fully vaccinated, will need to test negative carried out 72 hours before arrival, in accordance with the provisions of Administrative Bulletin n ° OE-2021-037.

In the same way, all passengers arriving in Puerto Rico from an international destination They must comply with the negative test requirement established by the United States federal authorities.

“As we anticipate, we are strengthen the measures we have at airports to protect citizens, given the fact that there is a variant circulating that seems more contagious than the others. We have the strictest protocols in terms of airports, so the changes are minimal, but important to continue effective surveillance, ”said Health Secretary Carlos Mellado.

To increase surveillance, the necessary public health measures are included in the new administrative decree 2021-523.

As Mellado explained, the plan established by the Department to continue to deal with the pandemic over the coming weeks attempts to strengthen measures already implemented and to continue to promote personal protection.

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Measurements include promote early detection by viral testing, favoring molecular tests.

Pursue the vaccination efforts of the working population (5 years and over), mainly booster shots in EHPAD and of the population aged 65 and over.

Strengthen compliance with prevention and mitigation measures (use of masks, crowd control, hand washing, ventilated spaces, etc.).

Sara Alert is an online tool that allows check symptoms of travelers entering Puerto Rico.

Thanks to the tool, it has been possible to track the symptoms of approximately 4.8 million passengers who have arrived on the island since July 15, 2020.

During the activation period of Sara Alert, 6,764 positive cases were detected and the chain of transmission of the virus was stopped.

Since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, Puerto Rico has recorded a total of 222,000 positive cases and 3,270 deaths from the virus.

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